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August 24, 2008
From journal Indianapolis Experiences
January 5, 2005
My most recent visit was in late December 2004 for the Christmas at the Zoo holiday decorations. The zoo decorates the entire park with thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights and has special "reindeer" sightings and Santa visits. The event begins at 5pm throughout the month of December and run until 9pm, when the zoo closes. Though the plains exhibit was closed because of the cold, I had a fantastic time. Many of the animals, such as tigers, polar bears, walrus, and bears, are more active in the cold weather since it more closely matches their natural habitat. The lights add a romantic touch to the park, perfect for an evening stroll through the park. It can get cold, but there are several indoor exhibits to duck into when you get cold.
General Park Layout:
Expect to pay $5 to park, although I have been there several times without having to pay to park. It seems to be random chance. Entrance to the zoo costs $8 for adults/$6 for kids. The zoo is divided up into habitats: the Waters Building houses tropical fish, sharks, Amazonian species, a special Seahorse Exhibit, penguins, and a polar bear viewing area. This is my favorite exhibit. The penguins have a special tunnel beneath the exhibit so they can swim underneath your feet! Check out the seals and sea lions - if they come up to the glass, try to get them to follow your hand as they swim around. The Dolphins Pavilion is next door to this, as is the walrus exhibit (they are HUGE!), but the dolphins exhibit is currently under renovation.
The Forests contains eagles, bears, tigers, and several monkey species. The Plains, at the back of the park, is closed during cold weather but is home to African and Australian animals such as lions, zebras, giraffes, and kangaroos. The elephants have a fantastic new habitat... be sure to check it out. The Desert Biome has an incredible drop-dead-gorgeous snake exhibit, as well as a natural desert habitat. Finally, the Encounters has many familiar barnyard and household animals.
I highly recommend the zoo to any family or couple that wants to spend a few hours having a blast. Expect to spend at least 2 hours (for a family, 4 hours). Have fun!
From journal Indianapolis Indeed
by tina Haflett
July 2, 2004
One of my favorite exhibits is the giant pandas. Lun Lun and Yang Yang are so cute and fun to watch. Another favorite is the orangutans. It is fun to watch them climb around and swinging through the trees. They also have several different types of monkeys and there is a gorilla exhibit! Of course there is also, tigers, elephants, rhinos, zebras, and many more animals to see. It is great to see the animals in their natural environments instead of cages.
From journal Road Trip to Florida
Saint John, New Brunswick
November 25, 2003
From journal Loose In Indy
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
July 23, 2003
There were a large number of exotic animals (rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys and more), North American wildlife as well as domestic and marine animals. There were also sea lions, seals, fish tanks, and a reptile area.
A family could very easily spend the entire day here looking at the animals. If I'd had my children with me, I know that they would have pleaded to feed the animals in the petting area and play in the playground areas. There were also some children's rides on-site (for an extra cost). I didn't eat at the zoo, but noticed that there seemed to be plenty of concession areas and outdoor seating.
The zoo had a dolphin show, which while not quite up there with Seaworld, was pretty darn good. Especially considering the very reasonable admission price.
If I get a chance to return to Indy with my family, the zoo will definitely be on our must do list. (To learn more about the zoo, go to their website.)
From journal Week in the Hoosier State's Capital City
February 10, 2003
The zoo is open year-round with different activities available, depending on the time of year. During the summer months, there is a water play area at the entrance. Kids get a kick out of playing in this area, where shooting jets of water come out of the ground. During the winter, it's time for "Christmas at the Zoo." A spectacular array of lights brightens the paths. For the younger crowd, there's also a Santa for kids to tell their Christmas wishes to.
There are many other activities other than merely walking around looking at the animals. A free dolphin show takes place three times a day. Get there about 20 to 30 minutes prior to showtime in order to get a good seat. The kids will want to sit in the bottom section of stands next to the dolphin tank. Not only can you see the dolphins through the glass, but the trainers also have them jump and splash just enough to get everyone wet who is sitting there! The only bad thing about sitting down below is that you don't get a very good view of the tricks the dolphins are doing on top of the water. The pavilion that holds the dolphin show also has an underwater section where meetings and special activities are held. This room has glass walls with an underwater view of the dolphins.
There is a bird-feeding section in the park where you can pay $1 for a cup of liquid food. The birds in this area are similar to parakeets and are very friendly and not afraid to walk up to you to take a drink. Be careful of this one rowdy little bird . . . he likes to walk up, take the paper cup in his beak, shake it, and dump all the food!
Besides animals, the zoo also has some family activities for an extra fee. All of the following cost $2, or you can get three tickets for $5.
1) Small roller coaster: It's a short ride, but you usually get taken around twice. It's fun for the family and safe for small children to ride.
2) Pony rides: This attraction is for the younger ones. A guide holds the pony and walks you around a small dirt track.
3) Zoo train: Hop on the train for a narrated ride around the entire grounds. The ride lasts approximately 10 minutes.
4) Carousel: What's a zoo without a carousel!
The zoo also offers your basic gift store (at the entranceof the park) along with several places to eat. There are two or three restaurants on site, with our favorite being the newer Dog 'N Suds.
A hint from some of the zoo workers: the best time to visit is in the morning. The animals are the most active at this time.
From journal What to do in the Circle City - Indianapolis